What re-tooling could look like for the Detroit Pistons

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Pistons 2020-21 outlook

While Detroit’s season hasn’t gone as played, it could be a quick step towards contention in 2020-21. As was the case with this team, health will be a factor and the Pistons will need Griffin to be healthy for any chance at maximizing playoff success.

There are pieces already in place with Bruce Brown, Kennard and Doumbouya playing a significant part in the Pistons future.

Here’s a look at a potential roster given the free agent market and no trades.

PG – VanVleet / Rose
SG – Kennard / Brown / Mykhailiuk
SF – Snell /  Moore
PF – Griffin / Doumbouya / Patterson
C – Baynes / Wood

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This particular roster only accounts for players slotting at one position which, especially in the modern NBA, doesn’t happen. But it does provide a snapshot at what the roster could look like based on spending ability this summer.

It’s hard to account for a trade that hasn’t happened but with Drummond likely fetching expiring contracts, it’s hard to automatically slot in any of those player, or a future asset.

Detroit can also expect a high draft pick to slot in to that rotation at some point. The Pistons (14-27) are tied for the sixth-worst record in the league and are trending towards a top 10 pick, certainly, that could even swing to a top 5 pick given the laundry list of injuries that have occurred.

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The outlook beyond the 2019-20 Pistons season is filled with optimism, thanks to the younger players getting valuable experience that could impact the future sooner than expected.